September 27, 2011
Saint Francis University will hold events on the week of October 3, to celebrate the Day of Reflection, the Science Center groundbreaking and Founders Day. All events will be held on the Loretto campus (with the exception of Project RED events). The schedule for the week is as follows, with a synopsis of each event below the schedule:
Monday, October 3 - Day of Reflection keynote and presentation of the Assisi Award, 7:00 p.m., JFK Auditorium
Tuesday, October 4- Day of Reflection. For details visit: http://www.francis.edu/DayOfReflection.htm.
Wednesday, October 5- Project RED, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., in Loretto, Cresson, and Ebensburg.
Friday, October 7- Groundbreaking ceremony for Science Center, 5:00 p.m., at the Science Center site, between Schwab Hall and the Chapel.
Friday, October 7- Founders Day dinner, cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m., JFK Center.
Day of Reflection keynote address – The address entitled “Changing laws that obstruct free care for the uninsured” will be presented by Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical (RAM) and John Osborn, D.M.D., chief of dentistry for RAM. Brock will also be awarded the 2011 Assisi Award at this time. He is founder of the Remote Area Medical Foundation based in Knoxville, TN, which mounts huge free medical clinics to those in need, whether in the USA, Guyana, Peru, or Haiti (to learn more about the history of Stan Brock and RAM visit: http://www.ramusa.org/about/letter.htm).
RAM provides treatment as well as screenings: overseas, RAM's physicians do plastic surgery and remove cataracts; domestically, its dentists extract and fill teeth, and its vision teams manufacture eyeglasses on the spot. Though conceived to provide medical access to villagers in remote areas, today RAM provides more than 60 percent of its services within the United States. The organization has served about 300,000 human patients and also mounts veterinary missions. At age 75, he still lands RAM's airplanes on extremely short and rough airstrips and personally supervises RAM's clinics.
Day of Reflection- The Day of Reflection is a day set aside every fall semester for the Saint Francis University community to focus on values and ethical issues of importance for the University, the nation, and the world. The attached schedule highlights campus events for that day.
Project RED- Saint Francis’ first ever Reaching Every Door (RED) event. The goal of this day is to reach out to the communities of Loretto, Cresson, and Ebensburg, and give back to the members of the community who are in need.
Science Center groundbreaking- The building will be a flagship facility for science and technology programs on campus. This new structure will house state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and research facilities (including an aquatic research facility), advanced chemical instrumentation and youth outreach areas, in addition to places for students and faculty to gather, study, and learn.
The center will provide Saint Francis students with an outstanding educational experience and will help the University expand efforts to serve the wider community in a manner true to Franciscan values and unique among institutions of higher education. The new science outreach facilities will allow our students and faculty to be more involved with K-12 STEM teachers and school children in Pennsylvania, engaging the best of the
University’s energy and talents with badly needed reform in public education. New research laboratories will permit our students and faculty to apply state-of-the-art solutions to issues such as acid-mine drainage problems in Pennsylvania and internationally in counterpart communities in Bolivia.
Following the groundbreaking, the annual Founders Day dinner will be held to celebrate the mission and the heart of Saint Francis University and the vision of our Franciscan founders, who, through God’s grace and their own labor, helped create a distinctive institution of learning.